Three of Scotland's brightest running stars will go head-to-head at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on Sunday 6 October. Susan Partridge, who finished 10th in the marathon at the World Championships in Moscow, will be joined at the starting line by Freya Ross (who replaced the injured Paula Radcliffe at last year's Olympic Marathon) and Stephanie Twell who won the World Championships Junior 1500 title in 2008.
The presence of the current crop of the country's leading women's distance runners suggests a host nation encounter which could match the thrilling atmosphere of past rivalry between Liz McColgan and Yvonne Murray when they were at the peak of their careers.
With the Glasgow Commonwealth Games drawing closer it will offer the home city fans the chance to see three of Scotland's biggest prospects in action. The trio are fairly evenly matched at the 13.1 miles distance. Partridge has a personal best of 1:10:31 which saw her finish runner up in Bath in March, Twell clocked 1:11:56 in Guernsey three years ago while Ross recorded 1:12:23 at last autumn's Bupa Great North Run.
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run already includes the world's greatest ever distance runner Haile Gebrselassie in its line up and Peter Riley, the event's elite athletes manager, revealed Andrew Lemoncello will be carrying Scottish hopes.
"Andy's flying in from his USA base and will be eager to produce the kind of performance which saw him win the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run earlier this year," said Riley. "We've also got Chris Thompson of England, also based in the States, coming over as well.
"I'm hoping to sign up a few overseas stars in the next few days so I can honestly say we will have a truly world class international race justifying the reputation of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run."
Entries have now closed for the half marathon distance but are still available for 'Super Saturday' events and the adult 10k at the event website.